San Joaquin Valley Health Fund Funding Awards
Our Commitment to the San Joaquin Valley
The Center awards San Joaquin Valley Health Fund grants to organizations working on policy and systems change to improve health outcomes in the nine counties of Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tulare.
Since funding began in 2015, the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund has invested almost $30 million in the San Joaquin Valley. The grantee partner lists below show the funded organizations and project descriptions for each round of funding.
2021-2023 Funding Awards
Drinking Water Cluster Grants
The San Joaquin Valley Health Fund expanded the $2.2 million SJVHF Drinking Water Cluster to include eight new partner organizations that join the three anchor organizations initially
funded in 2020. The SJVHF Drinking Water Cluster cohort members’ funded work is
Community Water Center is increasing access to safe drinking water in vulnerable San Joaquin Valley communities through effective implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund (SB 200), and supporting community mobilization to build power and advance health and racial equity, in addition to providing leadership, support and technical assistance to the other SJVHF Drinking Water Cluster cohort partners.
Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability is ensuring equitable
implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act to protect vulnerable communities from disproportionate negative impacts, and equitable implementation of SB 200 with the goal of
protecting the neediest communities, and advancing health and racial equity and build community power, in addition to providing leadership, support and technical assistance to the other SJVHF Drinking Water Cluster cohort partners.
Self-Help Enterprises is continuing San Joaquin Valley community engagement and advocacy around the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, SB 200, and other regional efforts to ensure disadvantaged communities are included in planning and decision-making processes, and to protect them from disproportionate negative impacts, and building community power through leadership development and educational opportunities, in addition to providing leadership, support and technical assistance to the other SJVHF Drinking Water Cluster cohort partners.
Central California Environmental Justice Network is providing accessible information on local water sources, water quality, sources of water contamination, mitigation measures, as well as the importance of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and opportunities to advocate for better protections of the drinking water supply through popular education, and supporting residents to participate in meetings and advocacy campaigns around safe and affordable drinking water access.
Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment is building the capacity of low-income BIPOC communities to engage in and influence land use planning and infrastructure investment processes to address drinking water contamination, and building the power of five Kern County community groups to connect them to the Ground Water Sustainability Plan process to advocate for the protection of groundwater for drinking.
Dolores Huerta Foundation is engaging in the redistricting process to impact representation on water boards by empowering the community to advocate and lead on these issues and to examine existing water policies (statewide and local) to determine opportunities for improvement and change.
Madera Coalition for Community Justice is increasing knowledge and understanding of the local sustainable water management plan, process and programs through direct community engagement in public hearings, workshops and political process to effect positive and sustainable groundwater management and safe drinking water access in and around Madera.
AGUA Coalition is expanding and building capacity to effectively advocate and inform policy and practice around safe, affordable drinking water access, supporting opportunities to ensure resources are deployed to vulnerable communities that address short and long-term drinking water needs and solutions, and advocating within regulatory processes for polluter accountability, protection of groundwater, and coordinated drought resources for groundwater-dependent vulnerable communities.
United Lanare is strengthening resident engagement in advocacy around groundwater and drinking water, as well as continuing to build community power and capacity.
Cantua Creek and El Porvenir is strengthening engagement in advocacy around groundwater and drinking water, as well as continuing to build community power and capacity.
Fairmead Community & Friends is reaching and educating more Fairmead residents and deepening their engagement on drinking water issues and policy opportunities, and continuing to empower residents to do more to ensure a healthy community.
COVID-19 Farmworker Resiliency Grants
The San Joaquin Valley Health Fund awarded three two-year grants of $300,000 each to support
COVID-19 Farmworker Resiliency.
California Coalition for Rural Housing Project is partnering with Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability to develop a toolkit to expand and simplify access to income and safety net resources and services for farmworkers, regardless of documentation status. The tool kit’s primary focus is to support communities to prioritize affordable, safe housing for farmworker communities.
California Institute for Rural Studies is partnering with California Food and Farming Network, Central California Environmental Justice Network and Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indigena Oaxaqueño to develop and couple data-informed tools for action with grassroots
organizing, policy advocacy and work to ensure state agencies are accountable to the farmworkers they are supposed to serve.
Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indigena Oaxaqueño is partnering with Central California Environmental Justice Network to create a grassroots network of empowered farmworkers that will have
the knowledge and skills to navigate state agencies, develop relationships with those agencies to hold them accountable and propose new ideas for programs and policies that could more effectively serve farmworkers.
2021-2022 Funding Awards
San Joaquin Valley Immigrant Rights and Protection Cluster
The San Joaquin Valley Health Fund supplemented and extended the immigrant rights and protections grants of 15 partner organizations and also funded an immigration legal services mapping project that will help inform policy and support San Joaquin Valley immigrant communities and immigrant-serving organizations.
Asian Pacific Self Development and Residential Association to build capacity of families facing the worst impacts of attacks against immigrants by meeting their needs for resources while developing them as grassroots movement leaders.
California Human Development to provide Know Your Rights information, provide immigration and citizenship services, and connect the immigrant community with resources related to health, education, housing, employment and other needs.
California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance (CIYJA) to better equip CIYJA’s Kern County youth base in disrupting the deportation pipeline that adversely affects immigrants.
California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF) to provide direct immigration services, help households understand the highly complex public charge rules, foster leadership development, and build/strengthen capacity of San Joaquin Valley immigrant-supporting organizations.
Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CVIIC) to empower Latino immigrant families and immigrant-serving organizations by building the capacity of San Joaquin Valley immigrant-supporting organizations, delivering immigration services and community education in rural and urban communities, and advancing the SJVHF Policy Platform’s Immigration pathway.
Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indígena Oaxaqueño to provide outreach and education to Indigenous families, including Know Your Rights information, DACA support services, and referrals in Fresno and Madera.
Centro La Familia Advocacy Services, Inc. to expand its capacity to respond to the needs of non-citizen immigrant victims in immediate need of protection through U-Visa applications and to advocate for the rights of non-citizen immigrants.
The Council for American Islamic Relations to build capacity of immigrant-serving organizations through expansion of a partner network providing health and social services to refugee and immigrant populations, supporting local coalitions, providing increased Know Your Rights trainings, and strengthening capacity for policy advocacy.
Education and Leadership Foundation (ELF) to build capacity of ELF members (i.e., college students, graduates, professionals) through 50 hours of training and professional development around immigration policy, community resources and advocacy needs, and to inform immigrants about Know Your Rights, immigration support services, public charge, and programs related to health care, education and healthy communities.
The Fresno Center to increase immigrant access to support services, legal representation, and education and civic participation opportunities through partnerships around education, inclusion and support, and by providing immigration services related to citizenship preparation and naturalization.
Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) to support and build capacity of legal service organizations to better serve immigrant residents in a rapidly changing and increasingly challenging federal context through webinars, discussions and monthly e-mail alerts.
Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) to support mapping of immigration legal services in the San Joaquin Valley region by assessing current capacity and identifying the needs and gaps in the existing landscape of services to inform policy and public and philanthropic budgetary considerations.
Jakara Movement to empower Punjabi youth leaders to connect civic integration with civic engagement and base-building, partner with other agencies, encourage naturalization to citizenship, and increase civic integration including voter registration and civic engagement among Punjabi immigrants.
Kids in Need of Defense, Inc. (KIND) to provide free legal services to unaccompanied immigrant children in the San Joaquin Valley who are in deportation (removal) proceedings before the immigration court by supporting a staff attorney and a social services coordinator in KIND’s Fresno satellite office to provide direct legal representation, mentor pro bono attorneys, engage in community outreach with impacted kids and families, coordinate and inform KIND’s national and state-level policy team, and connect children to social services in the community.
Little Manila Rising to increase community awareness and engagement around immigrant rights and protections in South Stockton by educating and training youth and adult community residents to engage in outreach within formal and informal networks for culturally relevant youth-led Know Your Rights workshops.
Radio Bilingüe, Inc. to inform and empower San Joaquin Valley Latino and indigenous immigrants now facing staggering challenges related to COVID-19, economic crises and harmful policies impacting immigrant families’ rights, safety, health and well-being by producing / broadcasting in Spanish and Mixteco educational and civic engagement programming covering critical Know Your Rights and protections topics around access to health care, immigration assistance, food security, job and financial assistance, and policy updates.
Wildfire Resiliency Grants
The San Joaquin Valley Health Fund awarded four one-year grants of $100,000 each to support wildfire resiliency.
Central California Asthma Collaborative to create culturally
appropriate educational materials about the health impacts of wildfire-related
smoke and ways families can mitigate exposure and impacts, especially for
individuals with asthma.
Central California Environmental Justice Network (CCEJN) (Fiscal Sponsor: Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs) to focus
on building the resilience of farmworkers to the effects of wildfires by
designing and implementing a culturally appropriate education campaign and by
distributing appropriate protective equipment (N95 masks).
Central Valley Air Quality Coalition (CVAQ) (Fiscal Sponsor: Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs) to inform
impacted populations on the health impacts of wildfire smoke, provide tips and
resources on immediate protections, and create dialogue between the public and
decision makers on health impacts as well as evidence-based practices for
reducing wildfires and for providing culturally appropriate, timely
notifications of unhealthy air.
The Fresno Center to increase the
resiliency of wildfire-affected communities, particularly rural migrant
farmworkers and Hmong and Southeast Asian communities in the San Joaquin
Valley, toward wildfires and related health risks through emergency
preparedness information and related health education and outreach to 3,000
rural migrant farmworkers and/or Hmong and Southeast Asian community members.
IHHEEL (Immigration, Health, Housing, Education, Environmental Justice, Land Use and Planning) Advocacy and COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Advocacy
The San Joaquin Valley Health Fund awarded 47 San Joaquin Valley community-based organizations grants up to $50,000 to advance policy and systems change work in support of the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund’s Policy Platform (20 awardees) and to support COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience across the region (27 awardees). With more than $2 million in funding awarded, these community partners will support a wide range of advocacy activities in areas as distinct as immigrant rights, housing justice, school food access, equitable land use policy, community-informed local redistricting efforts and environmental justice. Regardless of their projects, all of the community partners are committed to the goal of advancing health and racial equity across the San Joaquin Valley in partnership with impacted residents.
Learn more about the funded IHEEL projects (.pdf).
2020-2021 Funding Awards
San Joaquin Valley Health Fund COVID-19 Response Cluster
Learn about funded organizations and projects on the Donate4SJV web page.
Previous Funding Awards